Inside the September 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine
Peace in Times of Stress," a special section on how to find peace,
calm, and sanity in a stressed-out world. Authors include Judy Lief, Michael Carroll, Sister Chan Khong, and more.
Also inside: 50 years of San Francisco Zen Center; Buddhist-inspired novelists
Susan Dunlap, Cary Groner, and Kim Stanley Robinson; a never-before-published teaching by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and much more.
By Shambhala Sun Deputy Editor Andrea Miller
special section: real peace in times of stress
on what Buddhist wisdom teaches us about stress—where it really comes
from, how it manifests, and why we may need it on the spiritual path.
leading Buddhist teachers and mindfulness experts show us simple,
powerful techniques for real relief from stress—at work, at home, in our
relationships, and more:
a lively, practice-oriented and multi-faceted community that's
profoundly influenced how Zen is practiced and lived in America. Colleen Morton Busch reports from San Francisco Zen Center on its fiftieth anniversary.
An excerpt from Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,
the seminal work by San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki
Roshi. In this chapter alone he explains: how to practice zazen, the
difference between small and big mind, and the true nature of thoughts.
Mystery, suspense, science fiction—Andrea Miller
profiles Kim Stanley Robinson, Susan Dunlap, and Cary Groner, three
Buddhist-inspired novelists who make up stories to tell deeper truths
At age seven, Ira Sukrungruang believed that the Buddha was more than just a bronze statue. The Buddha was his best friend.
And we continue our year-long celebration of the Shambhala Sun's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with a series of never-before-published teachings. In this issue: Mahamudra.
Like, say, staring into space. Or counting your breaths. Or living life just as it is. Karen Maezen Miller on the virtues of boredom.
a world of Botox, little blue pills, and "living your best life," we
could all use more wabi sabi in our lives. Because imperfection, says Roger Housden, is what makes us human.
Michael A. Stusser
on the wildly overstimulated brain.
Also: Bestselling author Diane Ackerman defines nature for a wonderful world in the future.
Christian McEwen reviews Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer.
Andrea Miller reviews books by Elana Rosenbaum, Katherine Jenkins, Kay Larson, and several other titles worth your while.
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Shambhala Sun, September 2012, Volume Twenty One, Number 1.
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THE COVER: Guanyin of the Southern Sea, Liao (907–1125) or Jin Dynasty
(1115–1234). Wood with polychrome, 95 x 65 inches. The Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Chinese. Purchase: William
Rockhill Nelson Trust, 34–10. Photo: Jameson Miller.